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Writing a hub can be just like fishing

Updated on September 13, 2015

Life here on the good old Hub Pages can be rather interesting at certain times. I figured out that creating, writing, and publishing a hub is just like fishing in your favorite pond or lake. Sometimes it takes a little while after publishing a hub before you get some bites. Once you put your worm on the hook, and cast your line into the water, you just have to sit back and patiently wait for that bobber to start moving around to get some action. I realize that this is a somewhat of a different analogy, but this idea suddenly occurred to me after I wrote and published one of my previous hubs.

I kept on checking back after I published the hub, but I kept noticing that there weren't any comments or hits on my hub for some strange reason. Each and every time that I would check back on my Hub the comment section was completely void of any comments. Comments are the sole reason that I'm here on the Hub Pages, and I've gotten over 2,300 wonderful comments so far. Thank you all so much for each and every single one of your comments. I've also gotten some not so great comments, but I do know how to hit the red "Deny" button as one person has already found out. I'm not here for money, and I never opened an account, and I'm solely here for fun. However for almost the first 24 hours nobody, and I mean nobody stopped by to visit my new hub. I was getting kind of bummed out about it.

So I started to think that maybe I wrote a total piece of junk, that no one else wanted to read. I even started to think that maybe I would be better off unpublishing this hub, and trashing it. While all of these thoughts were crossing my mind, suddenly on the 22nd hour I received my very first comment from. I was thrilled to finally get my very first bite, and hear something from the outside world. This hubber left a very encouraging comment for me. Within just minutes after receiving that comment, two more hubbers stopped by and left two more wonderful comments. A short time later another hubber left another wonderful comment, and I then realized that just like other things in this life, that it sometimes takes a little time for things to begin happening. I would like to take this time to thank all four of you for your wonderful comments!

Just like when you are fishing in a river or a pond, you can't expect to cast your line in and get a bite right off of the bat, and the same thing goes for hunting. You can't expect to put a cake or a pie into an oven, and one minute later take it out and it's hot & ready to eat. So the same thing goes for when you publish a hub, you have to be patient, and wait for the word to get out there. I was foolish to think any different, and now I know better.

I occasionally stop by the forms here at the Hub Pages when I'm bored. Sometimes there's some good information on the forums, however I usually try to stay away from all of the arguments. Saying the wrong thing on these forums is one of the fastest ways to get banned on the Hub Pages. After all if you want to argue with the big daddy's, then stop by "Topix". This is where you will find the baddest of the bad when it comes to arguing on the Internet. There was a time when I could take down the toughest of the tough on this Web Site in an argument, but that sort of thing just plain got OLD. I have no interest in that sort of thing anymore, and there's much better things to do in life.

I got side tracked there for a second. What I was going to say is that I've noticed some folks talking about their traffic severely dropping on the forums, and that they were thinking about deleting some of their newer hubs. I thought about that briefly, but I think deleting ANY hub is a big mistake, and that everything needs some time to grow, and be noticed.

As for the traffic dropping, everything in this world, which includes the Internet, and the Hub Pages is constantly changing. The Hub Pages are always trying out new changes here from time to time. These changes may or may not have any bearing on future traffic dropping. We'll just have to use the good old wait and see approach on that matter. This now concludes another day in the life for a hubber here on the Hub Pages, and once again that's TheHoleStory about how publishing a hub can be just like fishing.

Just be patient when publishing your next hub, and don't end up like this! You'll never get any bites if you unpublish your hub, or take your bobber out of the water.
Just be patient when publishing your next hub, and don't end up like this! You'll never get any bites if you unpublish your hub, or take your bobber out of the water.

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    • DeborahNessmith profile image

      Deborah Nessmith 15 months ago from Florida

      I found you article really insightful. It put how writing for hubpages or writing in general can take time to build a following and gain readers. Thank you again for this wonderful post.

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      TheHoleStory 15 months ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Thank you Deborah for your wonder comment , which is my first comment on this hub in over a year.

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      Deborah Nessmith 15 months ago from Florida

      Great post. I'm new to hubpages and love sharing my experiences with others. It can be discouraging when your hubs aren't being read. I'm thinking of removing one of my pieces to reconstruct it, but not getting rid of it entirely.

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      dy0pxa 2 years ago

      True nice hub.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      very good hub thank you for sharing all that

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Great hub, all so true, waiting is the worst, waiting, waiting, voted up, thanks, Lee

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      Tracy Fairchild 3 years ago from Ohio

      I love you fish analogy, and like anything you do it takes time to build your recognition. Happy fishing!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Love the analogy. Great hub!

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I never thought of writing a hub like fishing, but that's exactly right. I do the same thing, check to see if anyone is interested in one of my recipes. Sometimes I am amazed at how fast I get a response too. Like today I posted a hub and in 5 minutes someone responded. I was shocked that anyone had seen it so soon. That's not always the case though. Thanks for your thoughts. I gave you 5 stars.

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      Brandon Graham 3 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Wow I can relate to a lot of this. Nice Job!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Judah's comments are so good, there's little I can add, except Go for it and keep going. Those fish will come in one day.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good hub here TheHoleStory, and as everyone else has said, fishing is a perfect analogy. The ones who complain hardest in the forums about traffic dropping are of course those who rely on the money they earn from Hub Pages. My traffic had been dropping off a little at the end of lat year too, but the current month my views are the highest I have ever had so I mut be doing something right. These same people say you should delete older baly performing hubs but I will never delete any. I will update, add extra text, a video, or even combine two hubs on a similar topic into one. I have been here five years and I think I got six comments in the first two years of being here. The reason is that I hadn't actively joined the community. You have to read and comment on other hubs and follow others before they know you exist and start to read your hubs, comment and follow in return. The first thing I do when I log on is check my hubs for comments and reply to them. Then I go read some new hubs of people I follow and leave comments of my own. Thanks for writing this, well done.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Your hub says what all of us think. We all want our hubs to be read; after all, that's why we write. I too have been known to obsessively look for comments after publishing a hub. I love you wrote about it. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just love to get comments. But when fishing I would soon not catch anything and just sit or lay by the lazy old river. Fishing don't take all that much work, but a hub steals a bit of your soul. On the other hand I just love watching my bobber.

      Someday I am going to put on my big boy pants and write for a living, I hope it don't take the fun out of it.

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      A good read.

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      Beverly Werner 3 years ago from Catasauqua

      I understand completely - I look to see if my hubs are being read or have any comments. I sometime feel bad because I don't seem to have a lot of traffic here as compared to a past blogging site that I used. But I will keep typing or fishing, as you put it.

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      June Parker 3 years ago from New York

      When I have the time I love reading what others have written, however I agree about the forums. They are supposed to be there to help each other, but instead all the bickering goes on that helps no one so I avoid it.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I also feel like fishing here. Waiting, waiting, waiting and become helpless. Then put in one more worm to see that it may catch something and then wait again. It is very long process. But I do not want to lose hope. Someday will come. I am not going to delete the hubs at any cost.

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      Pollyanna Jones 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      It can be addictive, logging in to see how your traffic is doing, and seeing if you have any comments. You're quite right, engagement with readers is very rewarding, even if it is constructive criticism. They've read what you've poured out of your head into your article, and have taken the time to respond with their thoughts.

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      Clive Williams 3 years ago from Jamaica fishing line catches one fish at a time....but a huge net!!!

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      Joy56 3 years ago

      I love to read other peoples hubs...... I will be reading more so obviously you put out the right bait for me.... Keep writing, keep fishing.... Try deeper waters..ha ha

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      Edwin Brown 3 years ago from Oregon, USA

      As a fisherman myself, I appreciate your analogy. Patience, patience. It's best to just publish and let sit for a few days, then check it. IMHO

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      Richard Bivins 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      It's a good analogy to fishing... the trick is to find the right bait and use the right hook. To do that you have to experiment. I recently published a few hubs similar in style but on different topics. 2 of them took off right away and have been averaging 40 or so views per day. The 3rd one faltered for about a week but suddenly my hook and bait caught something big and traffic to that hub jumped to over a thousand a day... but very few comments. As long as the traffic is there, I don't really care about the comments so I just concentrate on finding new ponds to toss my line into.